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Meyric Lewis, planning and judicial review barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Meyric Lewis was delighted to appear again on behalf of the CPA at the IRWA International Education Conference 2019, this year in Portland, Oregon, in company with CPA Chair Jon Stott of Gateley Hamer and former CPA Chair Richard Asher of Savills. There was another record attendance at the IRWA’s annual conference with about 1300 delegates from the USA, Canada, Mexico, Australia, Nigeria, Uganda...
Douglas Edwards QC, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Blackbushe Airport was registered common land. This unusual state of affairs was because, after requisitioning during the Second World War, the land continued in use as a civil airfield and, upon derequisitioning in 1960, was not returned to use as a common. The current operators of the airport applied to remove the land from the register of common land on the basis that it lay within the...
Richard Honey, public and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Mr Justice Dove has handed down judgment in the case of Wavendon Properties v SSHCLG & Milton Keynes Council [2019] EWHC 1524 (Admin) dealing with a number of alleged misinterpretations of the provisions of the new National Planning Policy Framework.  The main issue concerned the meaning of the phrase “the policies which are most important for determining the application are out-of-date” in...
James Rankin, licensing barrister at Francis Taylor Buiding
At a packed hearing in front of Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council’s Licensing Sub-Committee, SBE Ltd we’re granted a licence for The Southbeats Festival 2019. The festival is now in its fourth year and has moved to a new site at The St Clere Estate in Sevenoaks. The licence application was opposed by 98 residents. The festival’s promoters employed Proud Events to assist with the running of...
Alexander Booth QC, planning, infrastructure and compulsory law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
The DCO issue specific hearings for the Riverside Energy Park have started in Bexley. The project is an integrated energy park (comprising waste energy recovery, waste anaerobic digestion, battery storage and solar generation) and an electrical connection to be built next to the applicant’s existing facility, the Riverside Resource Recovery Facility. Alexander Booth QC, instructed by Pinsent...
Meyric Lewis, planning and judicial review barrister at Francis Taylor Building
The Inspector's decision on part of the historically contaminated former Eastern Counties Leather site (see earlier news item) has confirmed the grant of permission and granted the appellant a full award of costs. In her costs decision, the Inspector, Ms D J Board BSc (Hons) MA MRTPI, said this: "4. The Planning Practice Guidance (PPG) advises that costs may be awarded against a party who has...
Hugh Flanagan, public and planning law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
The Secretary of State for Transport has confirmed the Stubbington Bypass Compulsory Purchase Order and Side Roads Order. The Orders, made by Hampshire County Council, underpin a £34m bypass road scheme around the village of Stubbington on the Gosport Peninsula, which is intended to unlock the economic potential of the area by improving access and reducing congestion, and to alleviate noise and...
Horatio Waller
In Wardlaw v Milton Keynes Council & GUPI 6 Ltd (CO/669/2019), the Claimant, Mrs Wardlaw, sought permission one year out-of-time for judicial review (JR) of the decision of Milton Keynes Council to permit the demolition of a distribution warehouse and its replacement with a much larger warehouse. By mistake, the Council omitted thirteen conditions from the notice granting planning permission...
Robert McCracken QC, public, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
The two joined cases, Crondall Parish Council v Secretary of State and Others (CO/3900/2018) and Canterbury City Council v Secretary of State (CO/3625/2018) are important for four reasons. First Crondall Parish Council was granted Aarhus costs protection by John Howell QC sitting as a deputy High Court Judge in a carefully reasoned judgement. Second Mr Justice Dove applied the approach of the...
Suzanne Ornsby QC, public, planning and environmental barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Planning permission has been refused for a residential development of up to 370 dwellings on the edge of Thornbury in South Gloucestershire. The inquiry raised a number of interesting points including the approach to prematurity, locational sustainability, harm to designated and non-designated heritage assets, and the approach to take to the tilted balance in circumstances where South...

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